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Letter from the Editor, August 29, 2010: Popeye vs Wimpy

It appears there is a classic battle brewing between Popeye and Wimpy as to what works better for your health.  Popeye thinks he was right when he said, “I’m strong to the finich, ‘Cause I eats me spinach,” as a new study of over 220,000 patients found that the risk for diabetes is reduced by eating green leafy vegetables. (See this week’s Item #3.) British researchers at the Imperial College London, on the other hand, seem to feel if you can’t keep Popeye’s pal, Wimpy, from eating a hamburger a day then just sprinkle some statin dust on to make it okay. (See this week’s Item #9.)

Good thing we found these two new solutions for diabetes and cholesterol because just when we have finished switching all our patients from Avandia to Actos, a new study published last week in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, indicates that the heart risk from Actos is just as great as Avandia. Our publisher, Steve Freed, reviewed the data and has put together a feature that explains exactly what it all means in, Heart Risk from Actos® as Great as from Avandia®, Study Suggests.

Finally since we were talking about that exercise maniac Popeye, it is interesting that our own resident physical activity guru, Sheri Colberg, PhD, discusses how you can Increase Insulin Action Best. Do You Need Fewer Carbohydrates, Low-GI Ones, or More Exercise? Her answer might surprise you!

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Diabetes Disasters Avoided! In the next few weeks, we will begin a new feature focused on diabetes disasters and how many of you have avoided them. Share your story or something that happened at your facility about a diabetes care disaster prevented or corrected, and help spread the word about “near-misses” that will help us all avoid needless tragedies! Click here to let us know the details. (You can use your name or remain anonymous if you prefer.) Each month, we’ll send out a special prize of The Steps To Health Program that includes a Pedometer and a Special Manual (in use with over 500,000 patients) to the Diabetes Disaster Avoided Hero of the Month!

 

Announcements:

TCOYD Conference and Health Fair, Saturday, September 11, 2010, Providence, Rhode Island 
The TCOYD team will be at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI, on Saturday, September 11, for a full day of panel discussions, health exhibits, workshops, physical acitivies and hands-on sessions. Special Guests include: Charlie Kimball (Indy Lights Race Car driver) and Kim Lyons (Fitness Expert, Professional Trainer and Certified Nutritionist). For more 2010 upcoming conference details, please go to TCOYD.org.

dLife.com: August 29, 7PM ET on CNBC
Topics: A visit with a Native American family that has been hit hard by diabetes; an award-winning photographer whose fear of blindness defined his career; how ‘tweens’ deal with diabetes and growing independence; and demystifying dietary supplements. Special Guest: David Schultz. Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Catch up on dLife.com.

Please answer this week’s Poll question (in the right-hand column):

What percent of your Type 2 patients are on only 1 oral anti-diabetic drug and have an A1c of 6.5% or less?

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Check out this week’s “Test Your Diabetes Knowledge” question!

Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief